Proof of Residency FAQ
Highland Park ISD requires an annual proof of residency for the family of each student. This is a standard practice in many other school districts, and it is intended to protect the taxpayers whose dollars pay for the excellent education our students receive.
Q: What proof of residency documents will be accepted?
If the student’s residency paperwork is complete and current, only the following will be required for the annual proof of residency:
- All pages of a water or electric bill must be submitted. (No gas, phone or cable.)
- It must show dates of service (not billing dates) during June, July or August 2020.
- The address must match the family’s in-district address as listed in Skyward.
- Each student's name, campus and grade level must be submitted along with each family’s bill.
Some unique exceptions:
- For a renewing lease - Copies of the 1) lease renewal and 2) water or electric bill
- For a new lease - Copies of the 1) new lease and 2) water or electric bill and 3) new driver’s license all for the same address
- For a change of address – Copies of the 1) warranty deed or deed of trust or settlement statement or executed lease and 2) water or electric bill and 3) new driver’s license, all for the same address.
Q: What is the window for providing documents?
- Documents will be accepted beginning Thursday, July 30, 2020 and are due before the first day of school on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Q: How do I submit my proof of residency documents?
- Parents are strongly encouraged this year to submit via an online form found on the district website: www.hpisd.org.
- To submit electronically, start from the district home page: www.hpisd.org, then click on the blue bubble “Annual Proof of Residency.” From the link on that page, complete the online submission form. Please be prepared to attach PDFs or scanned or clearly photographed copy of the documents.
- As an alternative, please deliver a hard copy of your proof of residency documents to your student’s campus. Be sure to include the student’s name, campus and grade level with the paperwork. Call the campus to schedule a time to drop off your documents.
Q: What is the consequence for non-compliance?
- Students whose parents or legal guardians have not completed annual proof of residency by the first day of school may be prohibited from having access to his/her online account and resources when school starts. If the documentation is not received by the district after repeated attempts to obtain it, the student will be withdrawn from school.
Q: What if my family doesn’t receive a water or electric bill because utilities are included in my lease or homeowner’s dues?
- The district has created an affidavit that the parent is required to submit instead. Please click here for the form.
Q: Will I be required to submit a water or electric bill if I provided one during the spring in my student’s 2020-2021 enrollment documents?
- If the water or electric bill that was previously submitted for enrollment is billed for service dates earlier than June 2020, then the district will require a new bill that meets the date requirement.
Q: If my lease renews during the summer, will I be required to submit any other documents besides the water or electric bill?
- Prior to the expiration date of a lease, the parent must provide updated documentation. Therefore, a new or renewed lease and current driver’s license for the same address must be submitted along with the electric or water bill.
Q: What if I lease my residence and my lease expires during the school year?
- Prior to the expiration date of a lease, the parent is required to submit to the campus all three required residency documents: the new or renewed lease, a current water or electric bill and a driver's license, all at the same address.
Q: What should I submit if my lease has changed to month-to-month?
- If the lease changes to month-to-month after the term ends, the district has an affidavit that the parent will submit instead of a lease renewal. Please click here for the form.
Q: What if I move my residence within the district during the school year?
- Families who move within the school district during the school year are required to submit to the campus all three residency documents: the new deed or lease, a current water or electric bill and a driver's license, all at the same address.
Q: What about families who move in during the school year?
- Families who move in during the school year submit their residency documentation as part of the enrollment process. Providing all three required proofs of residency, which includes a current water or electric bill, is a mandatory component in that process.
If at any time a student's residence is in question, HPISD will conduct an investigation and may require additional documents. We thank our parents, guardians and taxpayers for their support of this effort to verify the residency of all of our students.